Chalmers + Capolino Perlingieri Sydney Tasting

Following the 2008 sale of their very large vineyard and vine nursery propagation business, the Chalmers family has refocused its wine businesses. The main vineyard is an 80ha property on Mt Camel Range in Heathcote, which provides the grapes for the individual variety, single vineyard Chalmers range (Vermentino, Fiano, Rosato, Nero d’Avola, Lagrein, Sangiovese, Sagrantino and Aglianico). JAMES HALLIDAY

I don’t think it’s an overstatement to declare that the Chalmers family will leave an immense legacy on the quality and diversity of Australian wine, the impact of which is not yet fully known. As well as growing grapes since the mid 1980s, Bruce and Jeni Chalmers also got heavily involved in the business of vine propagation. Chalmers Nurseries has been responsible for importing around 70 clones and varietals and it could be said to be the main driving force behind the surge of alternative varietals in Australia. Varieties that are suited to the rising temperatures in many viticultural zones here in Australia.

Today, the Italian-inspired wines that Chalmers produce have been built around a clutch of varieties from Campania in Italy’s south. Fiano, Greco & Aglianico. The current releases have been the best I’ve seen come out of this winery. They are more polished than ever, and varietally typical. PWS

We’ve paired them with organic Campanian producer Campolino Perlingieri. These are also excellent expressions of these varieties, with a voice of the mother land.